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Characters and Authors in Luigi Pirandello$
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Ann Hallamore Caesar

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780198151760

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198151760.001.0001

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Configurations of Identity: the Family's Undoing

Configurations of Identity: the Family's Undoing

(p.101) 4 Configurations of Identity: the Family's Undoing
Characters and Authors in Luigi Pirandello

Ann Hallamore Caesar

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses how Luigi Pirandello's novels portray different aspects of family life. In this chapter, various forms of physical, psychological and emotional afflictions are emphasized on certain excerpts to demonstrate Pirandello's approach on family conflicts. The chapter also segregates the said approaches to paternal and maternal to effectively differentiate the means on how the household in Pirandello's novels were run. This chapter also discusses the roles of parents within a family. In addition, it tackles Pirandello's mastery of imposing authorship to his characters — making them key narrators of the novel themselves. In the further parts of the chapter, the focus is on the designation of character names and their impacts on the novel. The chapter also discusses different mechanisms of how Luigi Pirandello revealed his characters and their relevance on the literary pieces. Finally, a conflict between paternal and maternal rights will also be discussed.

Keywords:   family life, characters, paternal rights, maternal rights, Luigi Pirandello, conflicts

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